TT Conference attendee in hard hat with tool beltHands-on conferences for 8th grade and high school girls.

New Ventures Maine organizes free, one-day Totally Trades conferences throughout Maine to encourage female students to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

Each year more than 500 girls have the opportunity to explore careers in trades and technology. Featured careers include:

  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Welding
  • Building Construction
  • Cable Technician
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Alternative Energy

“We give girls a hands-on workshop experience to spark their interest and raise awareness about a career field that they may not have previously considered, as well as provide female role models – women who can lead by example, having already succeeded in pursuing work that traditionally is viewed as ‘man’s work’,”says Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Aroostook County Regional Manager

Mark your calendars!

Spring 2016 conferences will be held in Bangor and Presque Isle. Check back in January for dates and more information.

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Primary funding is provided by the Maine Dept. of Transportation and Maine Dept. of Education/Career and Technical Education.

Additional in-kind and financial support is provided by

    • Hardypond Construction
    • Cynthia McMullin Fund for Women, of the Maine Community Foundation
    • Cianbro
    • Time Warner Cable
    • Lane Construction Co.
    • Northern Maine Community College
    • Washington County Community College
    • University of Maine at Augusta
    • Local Businesses

There are Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers and Regions throughout Maine that provide hands-on training programs for high school students. For more information about a CTE Center close to you, visit www.mainecte.org.

For more information on how New Ventures Maine is working to introduce girls to non-traditional career fields contact Jean Dempster at 207-621-3434 or dempster@maine.edu
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ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
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(ends February 17, 2016)
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Career Planning2016-01-21 January 21, 2016
(ends February 18, 2016)
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Job Search Success2016-02-25 February 25, 2016Build your CareerAugustaCentral
Your Next Career Move: Tools to Get Started2016-03-08 March 08, 2016Build your CareerSouth PortlandSouthern
Career Planning2016-02-10 February 10, 2016
(ends March 09, 2016)
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Career Planning2016-02-18 February 18, 2016
(ends March 17, 2016)
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Career Planning2016-02-29 February 29, 2016
(ends March 21, 2016)
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Career Planning2016-02-22 February 22, 2016
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Job Search Success2016-04-11 April 11, 2016Build your CareerPittsfieldCentral
Career Planning2016-03-02 March 02, 2016
(ends April 13, 2016)
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Maintaining Self-Confidence During the Job Se2016-04-07 April 07, 2016
(ends April 21, 2016)
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Your Next Career Move: Tools to Get Started2016-04-26 April 26, 2016Build your CareerSouth ParisWestern
Your Next Career Move: Tools to Get Started2016-05-03 May 03, 2016Build your CareerFarmingtonWestern
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(ends May 19, 2016)
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(ends May 23, 2016)
Build your CareerBrunswickMidCoast
Building Confidence2016-05-10 May 10, 2016
(ends May 24, 2016)
Build your CareerFarmingtonWestern
Career Planning2016-05-03 May 03, 2016
(ends May 31, 2016)
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Career Planning2016-05-03 May 03, 2016
(ends May 31, 2016)
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Career Planning2016-05-24 May 24, 2016
(ends June 21, 2016)
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